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Attack on Leningrad [Blu-ray]

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Winter, 1941. World War II rages on as Nazi troops invade the Soviet Union and besiege the devastated city of Leningrad. Foreign journalists are quickly evacuated, but in the chaos that ensues, Kate Davies (Mira Sorvino) is left behind. Isolated and alone, Kate joins up with a small band of resistance fighters, and together they battle to survive.

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Interview with Director Alexander Buravsky, Heroes Under Siege: The Making of Featurette

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ent. One Music
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DEUF1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
The World War II presentation "Attack on Leningrad" takes a harrowing real life subject and should have been a powerful and unforgettable movie experience. Wanting to be a historical epic, a sweeping romance, and a heart-rending tragedy--the film, ultimately, falls short on all fronts. It's a real shame, too. Setting a personal story amidst the siege on Leningrad, where German troops isolated the city for nearly 900 days as its inhabitants starved to death, seems like a can't miss proposition to tell a devastating and important tale of survival and perseverance. But this Russian production fails to shed much light as either a personal story or as a tribute to a great city (which is certainly what director Alexander Buravsky must have intended). Populating the cast with international actors including Mira Sorvino, Gabriel Byrne, and Armin Mueller-Stahl further upped my expectations for a truly memorable experience. Sadly, though, the movie flounders at its most basic element--the screenplay.

Sorvino plays an English journalist covering the war in the Soviet Union. On a routine excursion, her unit is attacked and she is presumed dead. When she is subsequently found by a female member of the Leningrad militia, her death has already been reported and the superior officers don't want to contradict their statements. Taking up residence with the soldier, the two women form a grudging friendship and Sorvino (now under an assumed identity) connects with various neighbors where conveniently language differences do not hamper communication efforts. Of course, two plucky Russian children are in the mix (one is even disabled) to maximize emotional impact. Living conditions continue to deteriorate and circumstances become dire as everyone dreams of escape.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Schwartz on November 13, 2011
Format: DVD
Why five stars? I watched this movie immediately after reading Harrison Salisbury's 900 Days. I found the movie to be quite historically accurate, if The 900 Days is accurate, which I presume it is. I was gripped and engaged emotionally by the movie. I felt that it gave a sense of what it must have been like in Leningrad in autumn 1941 and winter 1942. This movie had the best--coldest, snowiest--winter scenes of any movie I can recall.

In response to some other reviewers: Of course the actors did not look like they were starving. They can only do so much in a movie. Tom Hanks did not look sick enough to have AIDS either in Philadelphia. There are natural limits to what actors can do. Also, a lot was left out of Attack on Leningrad. The siege lasted almost 900 days but the movie only takes place during the first (and worst) part. Again there is only so much that can be portrayed in two hours. You know, unity of time and place, etc.

One thing that no one else mentions is that this is one of the few movies in which all the main characters and heroes are women. I would say of the movies I've seen, this is the finest portrayal of women, their courage and engagement. For this alone I would give it five stars. The very first scene, during the credits, is an amazing portrayal of a woman's courage and domination in combat. She pulls a gun on a hesitant officer and threatens to shoot him if does not lead his men in a charge against the Nazis. They do get out of their trenches and drive back the enemy only to be routed by oncoming tanks. Again, this scene itself was worth five stars. I have never seen anything like that involving women in any other movie ever. There are several other scenes involving the same female character being active, engaged, and heroic. But also feminine at times.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 6, 2011
Format: DVD
There is a split around this film with reviewers and I can see why, I initially felt this film was plodding a bit too slow, but it does try to deal with what was one of the worst sieges in modern history, in terms of the human casualties. Then it gets things historically wrong, such as using Mescherscmitt ME 109's to carry out the bombing (without bombs in the under carriage) which is just rubbish and was done using CGI so they could have done a real bomber. The characcters do lack real development, but there are some good performances, ostensibly by the children and everyone does look too well fed, but it might be asking a bit much of 'extras' to go without food for 6 months just for arts sake.

They did finally deal with the alleged canibalism and also the activities of the NKVD, but it did feel a little too revisionist with feigns at the emotional heart tug scenario, which just failed to come off - Schindlers List this most certainly is not. That said one of the reviewers here has said that 'Enemy at the gates' is a betteer film, I beg to differ as it has that talentless clothes horse Jude Law ruining an above adequate plot and is so historically inaccurate that it could have been written by the Polit Bureaus propaganda department. If you want a good real Russian WWII film try 'Star'.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on April 9, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I'm a fan of WWII films and always in search of new ones from whatever origin. This is a Russian movie and it is a real grand war film, even with some minor flaws.
"Leningrad" (2009) is a movie reflecting the incredible suffering of civil population inside the besieged city. At the same time criticizes the Communist Regime and pay homage to heroic Russian people.

The story is about a British reporter accidentally stranded at Leningrad without papers. There she meets a sympathetic militia-woman that risks all to help her survive and try, eventually, to return to Moscow.
Kate shares the daily life of a group of civilians subject to incredible odds: a constantly reducing food ration, freezing cold, no electricity, no phones, no heating, no medical aid, and no nothing!
The film gives a very realistic depiction of how a human reacts under these extreme conditions.

Playacting is really very good, Mira Sorvino as Kate Davis and Olga Sutulova as Nina Svetkova are over-par.

Director Aleksandr Buravsky delivers a poignant film, photography and musical score are very good and reconstruction of Leningrad under siege is outstanding.

It is a great movie for all those interested in war films and general public too!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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